Russian Stuffed Cabbage - Golubtsi or Golubtsy

Stuffed cabbage with ground beef
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Prep: 60 mins
Cook: 75 mins
Total: 2 hrs 15 mins
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
331 Calories
17g Fat
36g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 331
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 168mg 56%
Sodium 642mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Protein 12g
Calcium 201mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for Russian stuffed cabbage or golubtsi (also golubtsy) is made with millet instead of rice or buckwheat groats, as are seen in other stuffed cabbage dishes. It includes carrots and salt pork.


  • 1 whole head cabbage (about 4 pounds)
  • 1 cup millet (rinsed and drained, but cooking liquid reserved)
  • 1 3/4 ounces salt pork (chopped)
  • 2 large carrots (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 1 large onion (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 2 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: hot peppers
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 8 tablespoons sour cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat oven to 325 F.

  3. Remove core from cabbage. Place whole head in a large pot filled with boiling, salted water. Cover and cook 3 minutes, or until softened enough to pull off individual leaves. You will need about 18 leaves.

  4. When leaves are cool enough to handle, use a paring knife to cut away the thick center stem from each leaf, without cutting all the way through.

  5. Chop the remaining cabbage and place it in the bottom of a casserole dish or Dutch oven.

  6. In a large skillet, saute chopped salt pork, carrots, and onions until tender, and let it cool. Place the millet in a medium saucepan with 2 cups broth of choice or salted water to cover. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat and drain but reserve the cooking liquid. Mix parboiled millet with salt pork-carrot-onion mixture. Mix in eggs, salt and pepper, and hot pepper, if using.

  7. Place about 1/2 cup of millet filling on each cabbage leaf. Roll away from you to encase the filling. Flip the right side of the leaf to the middle, then flip the left side. You will have something that looks like an envelope. Once again, roll away from you to create a neat little roll. Place in layers on the chopped cabbage in the Dutch oven.

  8. In a small saucepan or skillet, make a roux with the butter and flour, cooking until golden. Whisk in the tomato paste and sour cream, adding a few tablespoons of reserved millet cooking liquid, if necessary, to achieve a smooth consistency.

  9. Add about 1 cup liquid to Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and pour sour cream-tomato paste sauce on top of cabbage rolls. Cover and place in oven. Cook about 1 hour or until cabbage and millet are tender.